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"Full Consciousness": Passion and Conversion in Adam Bede

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"FULL CONSCIOUSNESS": PASSION AND CONVERSION IN ADAM BEDE ROBERT P. LEWIS Marist College [Conversion] has been pawed and fingered by unctuous hands for now near two hundred years. The bloom is gone from the flower. The plumage, once shining with hues direct from heaven, is soiled and bedraggled. The most solemn of all realities have been degraded into the passwords of tech- nical theology. (J. A. Froude, Life of Bunyan. Cited in Strahan 110) Deep, unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regenera- tion, the initiation into a new state.... all the intense emotions of the past week

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